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A common understanding of the Doom of Valyria is that The Faceless Men killed the mages and thus, the Doom occurred. And, then, there are no theories on dragons. But looking deeply, as the Lord found, it can be seen that it all is associated with the Great Cthulhu.
First, look here:
Even the Asshai’i do not claim to know who built their city; they will say only that a city has stood here since the world began and will stand here until it ends. Few places in the known world are as remote as Asshai, and fewer are as forbidding. – A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
Still in doubt, eh?
Maesters and other scholars alike have puzzled over the greatest of the enigmas of Sothoryos, the ancient city of Yeen. A ruin older than time, built of oily black stone, in massive blocks so heavy that it would require a dozen elephants to move them, Yeen has remained a desolation for many thousands of years, yet the jungle that surrounds it on every side has scarce touched it. – A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
When the daughter of the Opal Emperor succeeded him as the Amethyst Empress, her envious younger brother cast her down and slew her, proclaiming himself the Bloodstone Emperor and beginning a reign of terror. He practiced dark arts, torture, and necromancy, enslaved his people, took a tiger-woman for his bride, feasted on human flesh, and cast down the true gods to worship a black stone that had fallen from the sky. – A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
So, first we have to give proof that Earth and Planetos are in the same universe.
1). Look at the first quote. Isn’t Asshai’i like a Planetosi equivalent to R’lyeh, the city where the Great Cthulhu now dwells.
2). Now, we are talking about Yeen. Look at the image below carefully; doesn’t it look like the remains of a Old One; the huge stones and all.
3). A black stone fallen from the sky… this one is very clear. It refers to the Great Old Ones.
Now, that it has been established that Earth and Planetos are in the same universe, now look at this:
When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the
sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
So what happened actually was that as The Great Old Ones were moving from world to world, or more accurately from Planetos to Earth, the stars turned wrong and two of The Old Ones, one at Asshai’i and the other at Yeen, were left behind on Planetos.
So, long before the arrival of other species on Planetos, the Great Olds fell. But, then, see this:
When, after infinities of chaos, the first men came, the Great Old Ones spoke to the sensitive among them by moulding their dreams; for only thus could Their language reach the fleshly minds of mammals. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
And, yes, you are right; the same thing happened on Planetos. The two Great Old Ones did the same thing, they formed a cult so that when the stars are right, they will help them become free. The greater part of this cult exists on Sothoryos and the rest of the unknown world. But one of them lies on Westeros, the Iron People.
Now, from what do we know of the cultists:
They worshipped, so they said, the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any
men, and who came to the young world out of the sky. Those Old Ones were gone now,
inside the earth and under the sea; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to the first men, who formed a cult which had never died. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
And from what we know of The Drowned God (more will be explained below), a.k.a. He Who Dwells Beneath The Waves, lives under the sea.
Look at this:
That is dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.
What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stranger.
Coincidence? No, it is not. And in fact, both of these sayings allude to the same thing, if looked closely upon. Now, since the central faith of these cults revolved around Cthulhu, the Iron People named him Nagga, the sea dragon (more will be explained below).
As time passed, Cthulhu called upon his servants and was nearly successful, before failing. And thus, on Planetos started The Long Night.
And it was during the Long Night that the Iron People forgot their true faith. The great Cthulhu, i.e., Nagga turned into an enemy which their mythical Grey King had defeated and for evidence to that, they took the bones of a kraken at Old Wyk, and then the broken fragments of Nagga took the form of their Drowned God.
But, they remembered one part, a part that became that centre of their renewed faith. They remembered that the Drowned God (i.e., the Old Ones)…
…would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
And in Asshai’i by the Shadow during the time Cthulhu tried to free himself, the sensitive people turned mad there. One mad person, whom the world would later know as Azor Ahai, went to the remains of The Great One trying to free himself. Twice, he returned back, nearly dead. But he went again, and by this third time, Great Cthulhu had failed. And the illiterate men thought that this ‘Azor Ahai’ had done this, and began to worship a God, R’hllor who had sent him. And, this R’hllor they worshipped was no other than Great Cthulhu and the red priests, they performed ‘magic’ by tapping into the tempered energy into the unknown powers of Great Cthulhu lying dormant in the great city of R’lyeh. And since then, Asshai’i got a name for magic, all of them tempering with the power of Cthulhu.
The dark city by the Shadow is a city steeped in sorcery. Warlocks, wizards, alchemists, moonsingers, red priests, black alchemists, necromancers, aeromancers, pyromancers, bloodmages, torturers, inquisitors, poisoners, godwives, night-walkers, shapechangers, worshippers of the Black Goat and the Pale Child and the Lion of Night, all find welcome in Asshai-by-the-Shadow, where nothing is forbidden. – A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
But Great Cthulhu totally did not fail and he sent his Black Winged Ones there to help the cults. And the Winged Ones were more powerful on Planetos than Earth due to the tempered power of Cthulhu. These Black Winged Ones went to the Shadow, the place known as Stygai where they bonded with one of the cults. Great Cthulhu told the cultists that when his second call will come, the people will help him with blood and fire, as they had more power on Planetos after the tempering.
These cultists became the Valyrians and their Valyrian Religion was the worship of the Great Old Ones, the chief among them, Cthulhu by the name of Balerion.
Slowly, the ‘magic’ on Planetos started dying as the tempering started to turn normal.
And then from February 28, 1925 to April 2, 1925 according to Earth, or 126 BC to 114 BC according to Planetos, came the Second Call of Cthulhu.
What ensued was that the psychically hypersensitive people like Henry Anthony Wilcox (on Earth) and Daenys the Dreamer (on Planetos) got dreams, dreams like…
…startling fragments of nocturnal imagery whose burden was always some terrible
Cyclopean vista of dark and dripping stone, with a subterrene voice or intelligence shouting monotonously in enigmatical sense-impacts uninscribable save as gibberish. The two sounds most frequently repeated are those rendered by the letters “Cthulhu” and “R’lyeh”. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
And here, it is shown that many, many people got the dreams.
Here was a nocturnal suicide in London, where a lone sleeper had leaped from a window after a shocking cry. Here likewise a rambling letter to the editor of a paper in South America, where a fanatic deduces a dire future from visions he has seen. A despatch from California describes a theosophist colony as donning white robes en masse for some “glorious fulfilment” which never arrives, whilst items from India speak guardedly of serious native unrest toward the end of March. Voodoo orgies multiply in Hayti, and African outposts report ominous mutterings. American officers in the Philippines find certain tribes bothersome about this time, and New York policemen are mobbed by hysterical Levantines on the night of March 22–23. The west of Ireland, too, is full of wild rumour and legendary, and a fantastic painter named Ardois-Bonnot hangs a blasphemous “Dream Landscape” in the Paris spring salon of 1926. And so numerous are the recorded troubles in insane asylums, that only a miracle can have stopped the medical fraternity from noting strange parallelisms and drawing mystified conclusions. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
But how could have Daenys the Dreamer connect something like Cyclopean structures and then structures with non-Euclidean geometry to the Doom of Valyria?
Average people in society and business—New England’s traditional “salt of the earth” gave an almost completely negative result, though scattered cases of uneasy but formless nocturnal impressions appear here and there, always between March 23d and April 2nd—the period of young Wilcox’s delirium. Scientific men were little more affected, though four cases of vague description suggest fugitive glimpses of strange landscapes, and in one case there is mentioned a dread of something abnormal.It was from the artists and poets that the pertinent answers came, and I know that panic would have broken loose had they been able to compare notes. – THE CALL OF CTHULHU
Now since Daenys was neither a poet or an artist, and there was no man or woman of science at the time on Planetos, but still, she was more than a common person (since she followed the Valyrian Religion), she thought the dreams, considering the terrifying impression they had, she thought of them as the Doom of Valyria. Not once did the thought cross her mind that it was the call of their Balerion.
And then, the dreams increased in intensity, and the Planetosi being a superstitious people, the Targaryens left for Dragonstone. Ironic, considering the fact that the Doom of Valyria happened because her dream failed.
Yes, although Daenys failed to understand the reality, the mages did and they intensified the Fourteen Flames, giving power to Great Balerion and the Black Winged Ones made sacrifices to Cthulhu (i.e., the dragons burnt the people alive and put their corpses into the Fourteen Flames).
So, with their help on Planetos and the unconscious help of Johansen and crew on Earth, Great Cthulhu was about to wake, and the Old Great Ones too, laying bare to everything.
But when Johansen’s boat hit Cthulhu and he sunk once again in the city of R’lyeh, the Fourteen Flames burst since they now could not pass their energy to Cthulhu.
And thus, the Doom of Valyria happened, devouring the Valyrian Freehold and thus, the Cthulhu Cult passed out of all knowledge of the Earth. The Targaryens left their religion and the Black Winged Ones forgot their masters.
But then, one cultist of the unknown world who had come to live with the Lamb Men, gave her own sacrifice and reawoke the Great Cthulhu on Planetos. Her name was Mirri Maz Duur. And Daenerys still doesn’t understands that the maegi died of her own accord and what her ‘children’ actually are.
Meanwhile Euron Greyjoy, having gone to the unknown world and met the cultists, is currently devising plans to free Great Cthulhu.
Only time will tell what lies ahead for Great Cthulhu, but for now:
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn
In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming
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